Out.of.the.blue.map, vol.2
— November 12 to December 12 2020, Mahal Art Space (Tangier)
— Curation and production : Calypso36°21

Sophia Attigui (MA), Rachid Benyaagoub (MA), Mounia Bouchra (MA), Ahmad Karmouni (MA), Merieme Mesfoui (MA), Ziad Naitaddi (MA)

borders
borderscape
exile
in-between
liminality
passage
shores
soundscape

The proposals of Mounia Bouchra, Merieme Mesfioui, Sophia Attigui, Ziad Naitaddi, Ahmad Karmouni, Rachid Benyaagoub resonate with each other and articulate a fragmented narrative depicting how human and non-human bodies experience territories and spaces located in the in-between. Through sound, sculpture, drawings, video, editions and installation, the artists gave shape to their experiences of liminality on this territory: at once void, salt, permanent dispersion, echoes of a dialogue from shore to shore, questions unanswered, or the quest for the experience of human life.

 

Works exhibited

 

Please fill in the empty space, Sophia Attigui (2019)

Please fill in the empty space, Sophia Attigui. 2020. © T-Slack

Please fill in the empty space is a performance, a lecture, a reading session, a film festival, a social media account and probably a few more things too. It comes from a place of thirst. From blanks, unanswered interrogations and unfinished accounts and has been evolving into a living structure with which the artist questions, speculates and answers. It’s a piece about re-activating potentialities. One that wants to get to trust the unknown, after having found it parasitic for too long.

 

 

 

Sound at the borders, Rachid Benyaagoub (2020)

© T-Slack
© T-Slack

Sounds at the borders is an immersive installation aiming at creating an interaction between two shores of the Mediterranean, between two cultures and two visions of the world -African and European- which cross and separate in a perpetual misunderstanding that the project tries to solve through sound, this element capable of reducing the borders.

 

 

Liminal space, Mounia Bouchra (2019)

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Being in the in-between is a state where one is neither here nor there, a passage during which one undergoes transformations, a liminal space where ambiguity reigns.

 

 

 

Fawka lmilh, Ahmad Karmouni (2020)

© T-Slack
© T-Slack

The installation Fawka lmilh disturbs and dislodges the established perceptions of Mediterranean borderscapes. Salt, a material steeped in history, alters, transforms and mutates according to the contextual changes shaping its natural, social and political environment. Salt constitutes, in Ahmad Karmouni’s artistic practice, the object of his research and the main material he uses to develop his approach. Fawka lmilh attempts to give form, through salt, to the notion of the border as the artist perceives and experiences it.

 

 

 

HOSTIS  -(UN)WELCOME, Merieme Mesfioui (2020)

Vue des fanzines exposés. 2020. © T-Slack
Vue des fanzines exposés. 2020. © T-Slack

Through the prism of migration, HOSTIS aims at underlining the domination of the flow of exchanges (human, cultural, environmental, economic) through the colonial past of the Mediterranean, and the need for an opening to mobility from the South to the North, and not only from the North to the South.  

 

 

 

Prologue:Withered Green, Thrived Red, Ziad Naitaddi (2020)

Prologue: Withered Green, Thrived Red. Elément du triptyque. Tirage numérique, jet d’encre. 2020
View of the exhibition. 2020. © T-Slack

What do we understand or feel when we move from point A to point B? This movement may symbolise a form of geographical and sentimental migration, both external and internal. It is, in other words, the heart of this feeling of exile, of the human soul going through a journey of refractions and mutations in the process of migration between what exists and what will exist.